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* Rash of car prowls in SCC parking lots

For some, ‘tis the season for grabbing gifts, even if they don’t belong to them and are in someone else’s car.

 

Shoreline Community College Safety and Security Director Robin Blacksmith urges everyone on campus to add an extra measure of caution about leaving items where someone might think about stealing them. Specifically, Blacksmith said there has been a rash of break-ins to vehicles parked on campus, including five on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.

 

“It’s always a good idea to not leave valuables in your car, whether it is parked on campus or any public place, or at least put them out of sight,” Blacksmith said.

 

The break-ins on Monday were all similar with thieves just smashing windows and grabbing whatever was there. In a break-in over the weekend, the vehicle’s door lock had been jimmied. In that incident, a 9mm pistol and ammunition were stolen. While the gun was registered and legal, it wasn’t in a secured and locked gun safe.

 

“The typical car prowler is looking for easy items that they can just reach in and grab once the window is smashed or door locked has been punched.  If you see something, say something,” Blacksmith said. “By just following sensible practices, we all can help make the campus a safer place,” Blacksmith said.

* All-campus meeting touches on budget, virtual college and globalization

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Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert speaks at the Nov. 29, 2011 all-campus meeting. More photos

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Shoreline Community College is keeping an eye on the long term while coping with the short term, according to President Lee Lambert.

And, at an all campus meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, Lambert and others touched on both.

In the short-run, Shoreline is working to deal with the potential for more budget cuts.  Lambert said Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget that includes a 13 percent reduction in state funds is difficult. It might be manageable if the Legislature and voters also approve her plan for half-cent sales tax increase, Lambert said.

“The sales tax would fill in the cuts for higher education, but it would sunset in 2015,” Lambert said. “The tax increase is just a bridge, but it is one that can help us.”

That bridge could provide enough time for Shoreline’s two major initiatives, the virtual college and internationalization, to take hold, he said. “It may allow us to go back to the strategy I spoke about in September, that we just might weather these cuts, with some one-time money, to allow the initiatives time to become successful.”

Ann Garnsey-Harter, director of eLearning and chair of the Virtual College Implementation Team, presented an update on the effort.

Harter said the team is making headway on a number of issues, including: admissions, a common e-mail for students, orientation, advising, a new degree audit tool, a new financial-aid tool, a student communication tool that would use phone, e-mail and texting and new apps for mobile devices.

“Not all of this is ready for rollout to students,” Garnsey-Harter said. “But, we’re making progress.”

Lambert spoke about internationalization in place of International Education Executive Director Diana Sampson who was traveling on college business in China.

“Internationalization is not just bringing international students here,” Lambert said. “It is about increasing global awareness for all students, domestic and international.”

SCC/Jim Hills

* Illegal file sharing draws attention

While the Internet is all about communication, sharing some information is illegal, which is just what someone has been doing and using the Shoreline Community College network to do it.

“We’ve received a notice that someone is accessing the Internet through the college network to share the HBO series ‘True Blood,’” Gary Kalbfleisch, director of Technology Support Services, said recently. “True Blood” is copyright-protected material and sharing it without permission is against federal law.

Known as peer-to-peer file sharing, the person is using the BitTorrent protocol to share the TV show about vampires. BitTorrent is a widely used file-sharing program and, by itself, not illegal.

Kalbfleisch said the college received a “DMCA takedown notice” that was first sent to the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. DMCA stands for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which was passed in 1998. The law criminalizes the digital sharing of copyrighted material or even the attempt to get around copyright control.

The notice says, “We have received information leading us to believe that an individual has utilized the below-referenced IP address at the noted date and time to offer downloads of copyrighted television program(s) through a "peer-to-peer" service.”

Civil penalties for violations of the DMCA generally include fines which can become quite large. Criminal penalties are also possible and include fines or even imprisonment.

Kalbfleisch said the person responsible may not even know they are sharing the file. Programs like BitTorrent work by building and using a network of other computers to send files. Sometimes, viruses or malware can use the computers of unsuspecting owners to transfer files.

Kalbfleisch said that whether the person is doing it intentionally or not, they’ll find the source. “We have enough information that the next time they do it, we’ll know,” he said.

* Students head to Olympia for budget rally

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Students settle for the bus ride to Olympia and a student-government organized rally about proposed state budget cuts to higher education. Photo gallery

The Shoreline Community College Student Body Association organized a rally heading for the state Capitol in Olympia and the opening of a special session of the state Legislature, Nov. 28, 2011.

The Student Body Association (SBA) organized the rally in opposition to proposed budget cuts for higher education. More than 100 students were expected to attend the rally with bus transportation and other support provided by the SBA. The SBA had previously organized a Teach-In Day on campus for students to learn about the issues surrounding the potential reductions.  

SCC/Jim Hills

* Ideas flow at president/faculty-staff meetings

President/faculty meetings

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

  • Mathematics
  • Automotive & Manufacturing

Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • Advising & Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • English
  • Dental Hygiene
  • ABE/ESL/GED

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • History
  • PE
  • Women’s Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication
  • Music
  • World Languages

Friday, Oct. 21

  • Art
  • VCT
  • Drama
  • Humanities
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Technology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Over the past few w eeks, Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert met with groups of faculty, both full- and part-time, and classified staff. The purpose was to share his thoughts regarding Shoreline Community College in these trying times and hear the concerns and ideas of others.

“I was heartened by the spirit of innovation on our campus and I’d like to share some of the great ideas and thoughts that came from those meetings,” Lambert said.  “I will ask administrators to review and add to the list.  It is also my hope that departments, divisions and units will actively discuss the ideas and thoughts to determine which, if any, can be implemented in a reasonable timeframe.”

Lambert said deans and directors would be available to help prioritize and bring forward those ideas as well as those that may require additional resources.

Lori Yonemitsu, Lambert’s executive assistant, was able to attend many of the meetings in order to note the ideas shared in the meetings. The list and notes below reflect what Yonemitsu was able to capture.

“As we progressed through the meeting schedule, I was able to become clearer in my articulation of what I see as the necessary balance between the virtual and the face-to-face worlds,” Lambert said. “I believe we must have both; a vision I’ve tried to consistently share.

“I believe a healthy future for both our students and the college includes vibrant learning opportunities in both the physical and virtual environments. I will do everything I can to see that both are successful for the sakes of our students.”

Lambert thanked everyone who participated. “Thank you all for your work and commitment to our students. These are difficult times, but when we stay focused on the needs of students, we are focusing in the things that help all of us,” he said.

Lee’s comments/ideas

In a majority of the meetings, the group asked Lee to share his ideas, which included:

  • Partnerships
    • Blackboard and  Developmental Math Courses
    • Pearson and Basic Skills Courses
  • Other models
    • Carnegie Project (Mentioned in meeting with math group)
    • College of DuPage
    • WGU
    • University of Phoenix
  • Differential tuition
  • Reducing costs to students
    • Virtual environment and through volume may cut costs by $500
  • We need to move quickly, the current reductions cannot be stopped. Any plans now are for 2013-15.

Faculty and staff ideas/thoughts

  • Cutting courses not directly tied to a degree or certificate (electives, for example)
  • Cutting out PE and Athletics
  • Renting facilities (to youth sports programs, for example)
  • Holding sports camps
  • Renting out spaces not fully utilized (Snap-On, Hunter, Hyundai, Kia spaces, for example)
  • Offer contract training
  • Team teaching (“bump up to 30”)
  • Degree audits
  • Paid workshops to the community in Myers-Briggs assessments, for example
  • Ensure full-time faculty adhere to advising responsibilities
  • Increasing service learning and tutoring (creating practicums in math and ABE)
  • Volunteer opportunities for high school students to tutor students in ABE and ESL (Americorp position?)
  • Courses in a virtual environment for the prison population and those in rural communities
  • Online Criminal Justice program
  • Continuing education for teachers needing the hours to maintain teaching certificates
  • Faculty clinic day
  • Training students how to learn online
  • Finding a partner (other than Blackboard or Pearson) to develop and “home grow” programs
  • Working with partners (such as Blackboard or Pearson) to come up with agreed upon services
  • Develop a game development company on a micro scale
  • Use Autodesk
  • Corporate partnerships with companies that have training needs
  • Short-term certificates in a virtual environment for international students
  • Changing the scheduling of class
  • Upside down degrees
  • Creation of an institute in the virtual environment
  • Strengthen and/or develop articulation agreements
  • Using video courses – “Is there a line?  Who is really doing the teaching?  Me?  The person in the video course?”
  • Training prospective international students in a virtual environment for increasing their chances of getting into a college or university in the United States.
  • The Arizona State University/Hitachi model: preparing employees in industry for relocation to a position at corporate location in the United States
  • Developing an MBA preparation program
  • Developing a business transfer degree for marketing to Chinese students in the areas of Clean Technology, Telecom, Transportation
  • Offering webinars
  • Renting the campus out as a location for films
  • Creating video for websites
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Theater camps
  • Considerations for associate faculty who teach at multiple campuses

CONCERNS

  • Sacrificing pedagogical integrity
  • If we move too quickly, quality suffers
  • The propensity for cheating in the Virtual World
  • Different students work better in different modalities
  • Some classes are better suited to a virtual environment than others.
  • Afraid of having to “dumb” things down
  • Barriers to moving forth in an entrepreneurial manner (be it internal or external barriers)
  • Not enough time to develop ideas

NEEDS

  • A template or toolkit for exploring partnerships with industry
  • Guidelines on how to do this
  • Training from those who have successfully moved to teaching online
  • Helping “non-tech” types learn “tech”
  • Marketing of programs
  • Absolute need to maintain quality
* Gregoire releases budget proposal

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Gov. Gregoire would dig a $160 million hole for higher education with her 2012 supplemental budget, but then follow the bouncing asterisk and ask voters to fill it in with a half-cent sales-tax increase.

Without the tax increase in the budget released Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, Gregoire would take 13 percent  - about $75 million - of the current state allocation away from community and technical colleges in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

A total of $85 million would come from the four-years schools. The University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University would each take a 17 percent cut while Eastern, Central and Evergreen would take 16 percent cuts. All of the higher education cuts are followed by an asterisk which leads to the tax proposal elsewhere in the budget document.

The proposal would also save $8 million by suspending the Work Study Program for the 2012-13 fiscal year. State Need Grant funding previously considered for reduction would be left intact. The proposal does not include any additional employee furloughs or pay cuts.  While it does include a reduction in employee health benefit funding, the savings comes from lower-than-expected costs in the current year and will not impact employee costs, according to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

“I propose more than $2 billion in spending cuts, reductions to local revenue sharing and fund transfers to leave a $600 million reserve,” Gregoire said in a letter accompanying the budget plan. The state is facing a projected $1.4 billion revenue shortfall, according to the latest revenue and economic projections. Gregoire is cutting more than that to leave a financial cushion, although such flexibility has been used up by the worsening economy in every budget over that past three years.

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert said it is much too soon to start predicting what might be the actual cut coming out of the special legislative session scheduled to start Nov. 28. “Her plan of 13 percent, coupled with the last round of cuts, means that as many as 40,000 fewer students will get the education training they need in this budget cycle," Lambert said. "More cuts would only make that already horrendous number worse."

For Shoreline, Lambert said back in September the college might weather a cut 10 percent with minimal staff cuts. "That would take using reserves, something we have not done and worries our board of trustees, but may be possible," he said. If the cut reached 15 percent, Lambert said, significant cuts would be necessary.

Lambert said he appreciates the Governor’s effort to cover the cut with a tax increase, but is wary of what voters would approve.

“We know that community colleges are the engine that can put people back to work. We know we’re helping more students and doing it with less money,” Lambert said. “However, we also know that the recent track record for revenue increases isn’t good. We need to be cautious about counting on that additional revenue.”

Lambert said he's pleased that Gregoire shielded students do the degree she did.

 

"While work study is an important part of the financial picture for many of our students, I appreciate that she didn't include more tuition increases and mainatins the very important State Need Grant program," he said. 

 

SCC/Jim Hills 

 

* Students get ready for teach-in

Teach-in notes

Details on Teach-In times and activities are available at:

Shoreline Community College students are preparing to host a Teach-In/Speak Out Day on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in to draw attention to the impacts of potential budget cuts facing higher education.

“It is inspiring to work with students who take personal responsibility for learning enough to speak-out publicly to policy makers and seek their support,” said Stephen Smith, Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs. “ Every employee is in some way engaged in supporting students and their learning experience here at Shoreline.”

However, Smith said, it is also important that employees understand the difference between appropriately supporting students and their activities and potentially crossing the legal line to inappropriate advocacy activities as state employees.

“Please consider important points about our state laws,” Smith said. State law generally prohibits college employees from “participating in or assisting in an effort to lobby the state Legislature.” Lobbying is defined as any effort to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation, including the state budget.

“While Student Body Association (SBA) officers are also college employees, state law also specifically allows student government associations to engage in lobbying activity,” Smith said.

State law also generally prohibits the use of state funds, property, or equipment, including work time, for any lobbying activity. This means the college cannot decide to use money, time, or property to support lobbying activity.

“However, we may be state employees, but we are also private citizens,” Smith said. “State employees may use non-work time to express their personal views on their own behalf.”

Assuming an appropriate set of circumstances, Smith also noted some general guidelines for effective advocacy, including:

  • Speak for yourself, and be clear that you do not represent anyone beyond yourself. (Legally, you can only represent yourself.)
  • Speak about your own experience. Your personal experiences will be more persuasive than generalized statistics or expressions of group opinions.
  • Distinguish your personal opinions from objective facts.
  • If you use data, be sure it is available for review and cite your source(s).
  • Consider the “other side” and be familiar with both questions and answers that challenge your position.

“The students are working to make their voices heard in the correct, respectful and legal manner,” Smith said. “I’m confident that Shoreline employees want to do the same to make sure the message is heard.”

* Child assault report questioned

A reported child sexual assault at the Shoreline Community College Parent Child Center may have been imagined by the child.

The parents of the pre-school–aged child told college officials today, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, that their child said the man in her story was “not real.” In the initial report from the parents, the child wasn’t specific other than inappropriate touching may have taken place, didn’t describe the person other than to say it was a man and didn’t say when it may have occurred.

Based on that and other comments by their child, along with discussions with college officials, the parents said they would not at this time continue with a report filed with Shoreline Police. They also told college officials they intend to keep their child enrolled at the center.

After hearing the report from the parents late Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, college officials had quickly notified state Child Protective Services, which has enforcement duties, and the state Department of Early Learning, which licenses the center. College officials are communicating with those agencies and will continue to cooperate with any follow-up investigation that may occur.

 “The college is obligated to notify when reports such this one are received, regardless of the validity or outcome,” college spokesman Jim Hills said. “More than an obligation, it is just the right thing to do. Our first concern is the safety and well-being of the children.”

* College helping on child assault report

Shoreline Community College officials are working with local law enforcement and state regulatory agencies in response to a reported child sexual assault that may have occurred at the Parent Child Center on campus.

At this point, it is not clear when the alleged assault may have taken place and no suspects have been identified.

Late Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, parents of a child enrolled at the Parent Child Center reported to college employees at the center that their pre-school–aged child had described inappropriate touching while at the center. The child didn’t say when the touching occurred and only that it was done by a man.

A college employee immediately contacted both the state Department of Early Learning, which licenses the center, and state Child Protective Services, which has enforcement duties. On Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, college officials met with the parents and then assisted them contacting the Shoreline Police Department to file a report. Shoreline Police, a contract agency with the King County Sheriff’s Office, immediately referred the case to Sheriff’s Office detectives.

“Our first concern is the safety and well-being of the children,” said college spokesman Jim Hills. “We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement and state agencies.”

* Solar Summit report sees bright future

What if the state of Washington, the entire state, could be carbon neutral less than 20 years from today?

What if all the planning needed to attain this lofty goal were already done, sitting on shelves across the state?

What’s stopping us from doing it?

Nothing.

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Those are just some of the startling points made in a new report coming from the Clean Energy Technology Program at Shoreline Community College.

The report, “Washington Sunrise 2030,” will be unveiled Nov. 7-8, 2011, at the 13th Northwest Solar Summit, hosted at the Puget Sound Energy Auditorium, in Bellevue, Wash.

“Every power agency in the state, from Seattle City Light to the Bonneville Power Administration, is required to plan for the future, but no one had looked at all those plans in one place,” said Mike Nelson, director of Shoreline’s Clean Energy Technology Program. “Washington Sunrise 2030 reviews the plans that are in place, their targets and implications. The results are surprising.”

Some of those surprises, Nelson said, include:

  • Washington can be carbon neutral by 2030.
  • The 2030 Challenge as established by the American Institute of Architects, is more than a good idea, achieving it is the law in Washington.
  • The 2030 Challenge can be extended to include transportation
  • There is enough existing power generation to electrify 70 percent of transportation needs
  • The planning to reach these goals is already done

Washington’s annual solar summit brings together 200 to 300 of the most influential energy officials in the region from solar manufacturers, utilities, government leaders, builders, electricians, architects, environmentalists and educators. . Along with PSE, other Summit sponsors include Shoreline Community College, Silicon Energy and Johnson Braund, Inc.

Highlighted speakers include U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Denis Hayes, President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation.

Additional speakers include Shoreline’s Nelson, energy author Paul Gipe, EnXco solar innovation manager Christopher Dymond, Petra Solar’s Sam Vanderhoof, Ecotality regional manager Richard Feldman, King County DOT manager Ron Postama, Mithun Architects principal Burt Gregory, 2030 District Committee member Court Olson, Seattle AIA representative Stephanie Pure, BPA director of innovation Terry Oliver, NW Energy Coalition policy director Nancy Hirsh, Energy Solutions’ Ellen Lamiman -, Developer of the first two community projects

Washington Solar Incentives, Inc. principal Rick Landers, Seattle City Light Green Energy Programs manager Jack Brautigam, Puget Sound Solar’s Jeremy Smithson, Power Trip Energy’s Jeff Randell, Sunergy Systems’ Howard Lamb, Silicon Energy princpal Gary Shaver and Shoreline Community College Workforce Dean David Cunningham.

Among the Summit’s panels will be a discussion by companies doing 100 megawatt solar energy systems, community solar developers and residential solar. A separate panel on electrification of transport will includes car dealers, solar carport installers and transportation planners.

The conference will set an action agenda for the state with real-world goals to move communities, governments and utilities toward a fully renewable energy base in both the built environment and transportation.

* Students organize to protest budget cuts

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 Kanpong Thaweesuk

  Oct. 31 meeting video link

Shoreline Community College students are organizing to raise awareness of pending state budget-cut impacts.

“We would like to preserve the learning opportunities both in and out-of-classroom at SCC as well as at other colleges by persuading the legislators to dedicate funding for higher education,” wrote President of Shoreline’s Student Body Association Parliament, Kanpong "Gun" Thaweesuk in a letter to students and the campus community. “We think the State budget cut on higher education is not only going to hurt us as current students, but the future of Washingtonians as well as our society as a whole.”

On Oct. 31, the student association hosted an open meeting for students to hear President Lee Lambert, faculty members and others speak about impacts of previous and proposed budget cuts. Since 2005-06, Shoreline has lost $8.7 million from state-allocated funds.

On Nov. 16, student government is sponsoring a “teach-in” where faculty and students can gather outside of normal class to talk about specific budget-related issues.

“We will open these teach-ins to the public by inviting students from other colleges to attend as well as using (webcasts) to broadcast to other colleges,” Thaweesuk said, adding that the students hope to have two or three separate teach-in locations on campus. The students are also contacting local legislators and inviting them to speak at the teach-in sessions.

On Nov. 28, Thaweesuk said the students are working with other colleges to organize a protest visit to Olympia, the same day as the start of the Legislature’s special session.

“We will collaborate with other colleges to bring students to Olympia in a walkout day,” Thaweesuk said. “We aim to persuade the legislators to dedicate funding for higher education. Simultaneously, college students from other districts can protest in their regions to raise statewide awareness.”

In addition, the students are working with faculty to create advocacy workshops. The workshops would focus on areas such as how community colleges operate, learn more about the current economic situation, learn how the budget cut affects equity and develop and practice public speaking skills.

“We will host advocacy workshops to prepare students with the skills to persuade the legislators to dedicate funds for higher education effectively,” Thaweesuk said.

* SCC Foundation raises $45,000 for students

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More than 250 people celebrated students at the 14th Annual Student Success Campaign Community Breakfast.

 

On the early morning of November 2, 2011, more than 250 friends of the college, faculty, staff and students met in the PUB Main Dining Room for the SCC Foundation’s 14th Annual Student Success Campaign Breakfast.  Every one of them was there to support student scholarships, and support they did, giving more than $45,000 in donations, a record high. And, the foundation was told to expect more checks to come in.

 

Jane McNabb, Executive Director of the foundation says she was amazed at the generosity of people to support Shoreline students. 

 

“I could actually feel  the enthusiasm,” she said.  “I think it had a lot to do with honoring one of our former students who not only worked hard as SBA president for the rights of students, but who went on to make a difference in thousands of people’s lives in his public position with the Mariners.”

 

 “Hit a Home Run for Students” was the theme for this year’s breakfast. Ichiro bobble heads donated by the Seattle Mariners and baseball cards covered the 31 tables for the guests.  SCC Foundation President, Scott Saunders gave the welcome during the first inning and introduced Dave Cunningham, master of ceremonies, who did a superb job engaging the audience with his quick wit, humor and charm.  Cunningham thanked the Seattle Mariners who donated autographed baseballs for the fundraiser in memory of their beloved “Peanut Man,” Rick Kaminski, former SBA President at the college.  He also recognized Scott’s Bar and Grill for being an in-kind sponsor and College trustees and Foundation Board members were recognized along with local elected officials.  Special thanks were given to Trustee Phil Barrett for sponsoring at the President’s Level and other major donors.

 

President Lambert spoke briefly about the importance of private support, especially during these economic times, and thanked everyone for supporting the college and its students.  

 

Representative Ruth Kagi was awarded the SCC Foundation Distinguished Service Award for her tireless support of higher education and her vision and leadership that resulted in legislation that solidified funding for at risk youth in the CEO program at the college. Rep. Kagi was not able to attend the breakfast as she was in Washington, D.C.; Foundation President Saunders accepted the award on behalf of Rep. Kagi.

 

Athletic Director Doug Palmer introduced Marco Azurdia, Executive Director of NWAACC, who talked about the commitment of the organization to support student success.  His presence exhibited the importance of the launching of the first athletic scholarship at Shoreline.  NWAACC scholarships are limited to athletes who have residency in only Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska and British Columbia.  Palmer then took the podium and talked about the importance of scholarships for all student athletes, explaining that the most eligible students can get is 65 percent of tuition costs.  “All our kids have to work part-time jobs on top of studying and playing sports.”

 

Student athletes Joseph Ademofe and Jenny Voss captured the significance of the help that donors provide.  Ademofe, who left Nigeria to move to Greece and eventually Seattle, played soccer for Shoreline for two years.  He completed his GED and ESL classes before starting his transfer program.  He asked Azurdia, with a smile, if he could please change the NWAAC rules so that students like him could get athletic scholarships.  After the breakfast, the NWAAC director told him that he heard his plea and would really try to see if somehow the rules could be changed. Voss shared her appreciation of the scholarships she has received. 

 

Palmer spoke highly of the athletic coaches who give so much of their time to support student athletes.  “Often they use their own money to recruit students,” he said. “They do it because they love their sport and working with young people.  Their commitment is above and beyond.”

 

Saunders returned to the podium to talk about his relationship with Mr. Kaminski, who he worked with during Kaminski’s tenure as SBA president.  The relationship became a long friendship, one that Saunders says he will always remember. He then introduced Candi Keener, Kaminski's partner and thanked the foundation for the establishment of the Rick Kaminski Athletic Scholarship.

 

Emcee Cunningham returned to the podium to begin his stint as auctioneer; a role that seemed to come naturally.  The crowd enjoyed his humor and responded well, purchasing the Mariners baseballs with enthusiasm and large donations.  

 

Professor Diana Knauf really wowed the crowd with a last call for student support.  Her warmth and dedication to Shoreline and its students was felt by all.  She accepted a check in the amount of $2,000 from Lynn Cheeney of the Shoreline Rotary.  

 

It turned out that, “Hit a Home Run for Students” was the perfect theme for the breakfast.  The foundation hopes to reach $50,000 by the end of the campaign.  

 

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* SCC president testifies before House committee

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Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert (second from left) at the Nov. 2, 2011 House Higher Education Committee hearing at South Puget Sound Community College. To Lambert's left is Clover Park President John Walstrum. Third from right is Pierce College President Michelle Johnson and Centralia College President Jim Walton is at far right.

Shoreline President Lee Lambert joined 13 other college and university presidents in painting a picture for state House Higher Education Committee members of what proposed budget cuts will mean for their schools and their students.

The presidents’ comments came Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, at the last of five “Chautauqua” meetings convened by the committee around the state to gather input before the coming special and regular legislative sessions. Lambert was asked by committee chairman Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, to participate on a panel addressing budget impacts as well as efficiencies and innovations.

“Shoreline is part of the Five-Star Consortium, which includes Edmonds, Everett, Cascadia and Lake Washington colleges,” Lambert said. “We began meeting before the state efficiencies bill was passed to look at how we could better serve students.”

Lambert said the five colleges expect to sign, sometime in the next month, an agreement that would share student records, waive the so-called “last quarter residency requirement, establish common entry scores for math and English, share employee background check data and use each for personnel investigations.

“Your colleges are already working together on these things because we’re focused on the student,” Lambert told the legislators.

Lambert also outlined some of the innovative programs at Shoreline as examples of what is happening across the state.

Holding up his cell phone, he displayed the college’s mobile Web site. “Can you imagine a community college student going to class on their phone?” he asked. He also noted a new service that will roll out this fall allowing emergency communications with staff, students and anyone who signs up to be received on voicemail, e-mail  and text.

“We started this past winter two individualized math classes, basic algebra and intermediate algebra that are modularized and let the student work at their own pace,” he said. “Now results are early, but we’re getting 20 percent better outcomes than with a traditional approach.”

Lambert noted the Business Accelerator program that partners with the city of Shoreline to work with businesses. The program, he said, is piloting an online component that will provide training not just to Shoreline businesses, but to anyone in the country through another partnership with a private firm, Campus CE.

“The future looks great,” Lambert said. “But with these cuts, it is going to be difficult to get there.”

Other presidents outlined the depth of the impacts of previous budget cuts and the future if the proposed cuts go through.

Pierce College President Michelle Johnson said the colleges have been able to keep their heads above water, but now the water is at their necks. “Our enrollment is dipping now, and the estimates for the system are that it will be down by 40,000 students for the biennium,” she said.

Centralia College President Jim Walton said further cuts mean his college would have to close offices and programs. “We are living on the margin. We have one person offices and one person teaching a subject,” he said. “If we lose that marginal tuition, we will just have to cut.”

Clover Park President John W. Walstrum said the cuts already have been devastating. “I have $5 million less, 10 percent fewer students, nine fewer programs. I haven’t seen a new piece of equipment in years,” he said. “I’ve looked into the eyes of 60 employees to tell them they no longer have jobs.”

Shoreline’s Lambert said the cuts hurt the very people the system is designed to help.

“I’m the person we are talking about,” Lambert said. “I’m a first-generation college student, a person of color. I went to Timberline High School, Evergreen University and Seattle University. I wouldn’t be here but for the programs we’re talking about cutting.”

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